Tuesday, August 16

College football standings: what Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M means for Georgia, Iowa, and more

When Alabama loses, the college football world takes notice.

That was true after the top ranked Crimson Tide lost a stunner to unranked Texas A&M on Saturday, falling 41-38 at College Station to lose its first game since the 2019 regular season. It ended several long-standing streaks. at Alabama, including 100 consecutive wins over unrated opponents and Nick Saban’s 24 wins over former assistants.

More importantly, Alabama’s loss will create a significant shakeup in the latest college football rankings. Although the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll often vote differently on their respective top 25 teams, we can probably point to how Alabama’s loss will affect other teams vying for a place in the college football playoffs.

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Top of those teams are Georgia and Iowa, which benefited greatly from the Aggies’ surprise. But it will also have an impact on other teams like Oklahoma, Cincinnati and more.

With that, Sporting News breaks down how each of those teams should rank in the latest college football polls:

Rankings reflect AP Top 25 / Coaches survey

Georgia (6-0)

Previous range: 2/2

There is no more debate: Georgia is clearly the number one team in the country after Saturday’s game roster. The Bulldogs ran the business against No. 18 Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium, beating the Tigers 34-10 and setting up another defensive clinic. That unit forced six punts from Auburn, two turnovers on downs and an interception. On offense, the Bulldogs showed no fall with Stetson Bennett, who completed 14 of 21 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns.

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Before Saturday, it was Alabama, Georgia and everyone else. Now it’s just Georgia at the top.

Iowa (6-0)

Previous range: 3/3

It wasn’t pretty, but Iowa’s top-five win over No. 4 Penn State on Saturday should ensure the Hawkeyes move up one spot to No. 2 in recent polls. Defense is among the elite units in college football, limiting Penn State to 287 total yards, 5 of 16 on third-down attempts and 0 of 3 on fourth-down attempts. Also the credit to Spencer Petras for leading Iowa from under 17-3 in the second quarter.

A raucous Kinnick Stadium and an unfortunate injury to Nittany Lions starting quarterback Sean Clifford helped, but that doesn’t take away from an impressive comeback win.

Cincinnati (5-0)

Previous range: 5/6

The Bearcats are the only Group of 5 team that can make the playoffs, and they did nothing to hurt their chances with a 52-3 beating of Temple on Friday. That could result in the Bearcats jumping at least one spot in the top four or five teams, according to the poll. Cincinnati also has a fantastic quarterback in Desmond Ridder, who completed 22 of 30 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns against the Owls. This team can compete with the Power 5, without a doubt.

Unfortunately, the status of the Bearcats Group of 5 and the fact that they defeated a Temple team 3-3 could not only result in them remaining in the same position for another week, but would also allow another team to overtake them. in polls.

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Oklahoma (6-0)

Previous range: 6/5

Oklahoma made history Saturday, overcoming a 28-7 deficit in the first quarter to beat No. 21 Texas 55-48. Coach Lincoln Riley needed to bench starting quarterback Spencer Rattler in favor of Caleb Williams, a move that paid dividends in the Red River Showdown return.

The Sooners have another one-time possession victory on their résumé, which could prevent voters from overtaking them ahead of the Bearcats in Sunday’s election. Or they could be impressed with Williams’ play, leading to No. 4 in both polls. The only real threat left on the Sooners’ Big 12 list is undefeated Oklahoma State 5-0 at Bedlam.

Ohio State (5-1)

Previous range: 7/7

The Buckeyes have looked much more dominant after a slow start to the season, defeating Maryland 66-17 in Columbus on Saturday. Considering that two teams in the top five ahead of the Buckeyes lost on Saturday, it could result in the Buckeyes moving up two spots. But Alabama is also likely not to fall below them in the polls, limiting the number of positions they move up.

At this point, Ohio State doesn’t have to worry about its ranking in the AP Top 25 or the Coaches Poll; win and you’re in the college football playoff. Lose and you’re out. It’s that easy.

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Michigan (6-0)

Previous range: 9/8

Michigan is in a boat similar to the state of Ohio; Alabama will drop, but only a few spots may drop, meaning Michigan should only move up one spot in the rankings. The Wolverines got everything they wanted from a suddenly competitive Nebraska team, winning 32-29 at Lincoln to remain undefeated at 6-0.

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Michigan should enjoy a slight rise in the rankings, but it won’t sniff the top five without significant help or some wins over top programs. They won’t be short of opportunities with Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State on the horizon.

Alabama (5-1)

Previous range: 1/1

Where will Alabama stand after its first loss of the season? The Tide didn’t play particularly well, but voters have been quite forgiving of Saban’s team when they lost in the past. Crimson Tide is unlikely to remain in the top four, matching the Playoff rankings, but they could still remain in the top five, especially considering Penn State also lost on Saturday.

Crimson Tide is likely to drop to the 5-7 range in Sunday’s polls, competing for position with Cincinnati, Oklahoma and Ohio State. Regardless, Saturday’s loss doesn’t do much to turn Alabama’s state into the playoffs. If you win, you will get to the tie again. But Crimson Tide no longer has a mulligan to rely on for the rest of the season.


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